KR101372718B1 - System and method for obtaining content based on data from an electronic device - Google Patents

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KR101372718B1
KR101372718B1 KR1020077025168A KR20077025168A KR101372718B1 KR 101372718 B1 KR101372718 B1 KR 101372718B1 KR 1020077025168 A KR1020077025168 A KR 1020077025168A KR 20077025168 A KR20077025168 A KR 20077025168A KR 101372718 B1 KR101372718 B1 KR 101372718B1
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Abstract

In one embodiment, data from the electronic device is identified. The data may describe the electronic device (eg, hardware or software device) in which the document was created or modified, the title of the document, the status of the document, or the like. Content related to the electronic device is obtained based on this data. Content is obtained in response to viewing, editing, printing, emailing, or other access and / or processing of the document.
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FIELD AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING CONTENT BASED ON DATA FROM AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Technical field

At least some embodiments of the present invention relate to obtaining content related to an electronic device, and more particularly to obtaining content based on data describing a document created or processed using the electronic device. It is about.

Background technology

Consumers today are overflowing with information and advertising. Firms try to compete to attract the attention of consumers. Targeted content (eg, information or advertising) may help the competition to attract the attention of businesses. For example, targeted advertising allows companies to focus their resources on consumers who are more likely to buy their products or services. Targeted content may also help consumers filter through large amounts of available data. For example, targeted web advertising allows the consumer to shorten the time to navigate across advertisements they do not want.

Often, current systems for obtaining targeted content rely on users who actively ask questions. However, these systems may not be aware of the overall market of potentially interested consumers. For example, an online consumer using an electronic device may be interested in additional products or services associated with that electronic device. However, the consumer may not start to actively search for advertisements. There is a need for improved systems and methods for obtaining content that may be of interest to the user.

summary

In one embodiment of the invention, the method may identify data from the electronic device. The method may include obtaining content associated with the electronic device based on this data.

In one embodiment of the invention, the machine-readable medium may store a series of instructions that, when executed, perform a method. The method may include receiving data from the electronic device. The method may also include transmitting the data to obtain advertisement information based on the data. The method may also include providing advertising information.

In one embodiment of the invention, the system may include means for obtaining an image. The system may also include means for analyzing data associated with this image. The system may also include means for providing an advertisement based on the data.

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1 shows a flowchart of a system for providing content in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

2A-2C show flow diagrams of systems interacting with the system of FIG. 1 to obtain content in accordance with various embodiments of the present invention.

3A and 3B show a flow diagram of the system of FIG. 1 interacting with another system to obtain content in accordance with various embodiments of the present invention.

4A-4C illustrate screen shots of content provided in accordance with various embodiments of the invention.

5 illustrates an environment for obtaining content related to an electronic device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

6 illustrates an environment for obtaining content related to an electronic device in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention.

7 illustrates an environment for obtaining content related to an electronic device in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention.

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Hereinafter, a method and system for obtaining content (eg, information or target advertisement) is described. The content may relate to an electronic device that includes both a software device (eg, a software application) and a hardware device (eg, a digital camera or personal digital assistant). The content is based on data provided by the device. This data may be inserted into a document (eg, a document header or document body), or may be related to the document in another way (eg, a caption description, folder name or album name associated with the document).

For example, in certain embodiments, data from a camera, such as metadata stored in a digital photo header, is identified. For example, the data may indicate brand, model, type, feature (eg, memory size), firmware version, and the like. Next, the data may be provided to a tool (eg, an online photo album) and related content (eg, an advertisement) from which the data may be obtained.

In another embodiment, data from a software editing tool, such as an image editor, is identified. For example, a user may take a picture or edit a document in an image editor. The image editor may be modified, for example, using an image editor, and / or modified using a particular version of the image editor, and / or modified by a particular user, and / or modified at a specific date and time. You can also insert data into the document header indicating that this is done. This data may be provided back to content and tools related to the data that may be obtained. For example, this data is taken by CameraBrandA on January 1, 2005, downloaded using SoftwareX on January 2, 2005, edited using SoftwareY on January 2, 2005, and 2005 It may also indicate uploading to an online publisher on January 2. Using some or all of this data, the online publisher customizes the user's online experience. For example, an online publisher may provide links and / or advertisements to merchants who propose products and / or services related to CameraBrandA, SoftwareX or SoftwareY. In addition, online publishers may link and / or advertise New Year related events, such as links to other New Year photos uploaded by users' friends, New Year's celebrations, or commercial New Year's plans. It may also provide a link to a website that reports advertisements for these fields. SoftwareX or SoftwareY may also use this data to provide links and / or advertisements. For example, in certain embodiments, SoftwareY may analyze image content (e.g., using an image recognition algorithm), recognizes the Seattle Space Needle of the image, generally in Seattle or Links and / or advertisements may also be provided for each Seattle New Year celebration.

In a particular embodiment, the software application may insert other types of data into the document. For example, instead of or in addition to inserting data indicative of document modification, an application may insert data associating the document with various filters selected and configured using the application. For example, the user may combine the image and the black and white filter while preserving the original color data of the image, so that the user can observe the image of black and white. The user may then transfer the image to an online photo album program, or any type of photo viewing, editing, organizing, or other photo processing program, or associate the image with the image. The online photo album program may identify data combining black and white filters with their images and provide relevant content (eg, advertisements for black and white artwork).

In another embodiment, the data used to obtain the content may come from a software application that analyzes the body of the document. For example, the image recognition program may analyze the body of the digital photo file, and based on the result of the analysis, content related to the image title may be provided. As a specific example, an image recognition program may be used in connection with an online photo album program. When the user selects an image for observation, the image recognition program may analyze the image and determine whether the image includes a White House. Using this data, the online photo album program may provide advertising for content related to the White House, such as trivia or political t-shirts of the White House. In a particular embodiment, the image recognition program may analyze the image when the image is uploaded to an online server and store this data with the image in the online server or database. In another embodiment, this analysis may occur when other events occur, such as when an image is sent to an online photo processor for printing.

Thus, a system for acquiring content according to embodiments of the present invention may identify various data from an electronic device, including but not limited to data representing source, modification, and / or processing. In addition, the system may obtain content in response to various events including, but not limited to, processing, editing, viewing, transmitting, and / or printing a document that includes or is associated with the data.

In addition, the obtained content may have various purposes and regimes, and may be expressed in various ways. For example, the content may be an advertisement for a particular camera model accessory. In a particular embodiment, the content may be output to a server and may be represented via a web publishing / hosting site, such as, for example, an online photo album site. Alternatively, or in addition, the content may be output to a client (eg, a client software application, or more specifically, a user interface), for example, a toolbar (eg, Google

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The following description provides changes and examples of various aspects of embodiments of the invention. The following changes and examples are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. In addition, these changes and examples are provided to provide a better understanding of embodiments of the invention.

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1 shows a flowchart of a system for providing content in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. As used herein, referring to “offering” refers to offering content related to data identified, for example, from the electronic device of the information or advertisement as described above. In FIG. 1, the offering system 100 identifies the data provided by the electronic device at block 102. As suggested above, in certain embodiments, the electronic device may be hardware such as a digital camera. In another embodiment, the electronic device may be software such as image viewing or editing software (eg, Picasa TM ). In a particular embodiment, software may be used to send the document to another location. For example, software such as Hello TM may be used to transfer the image to another computer. Software may transmit the document without modification, or may edit the document before, during, or after transmission by reducing the image resolution. Thus, the electronic device may be hardware, software, or a combination thereof, and may create, edit, modify, or otherwise interact with data to be provided and / or documents incorporating the data to be provided.

In a particular embodiment, the data may be metadata that describes the electronic device. For example, as suggested above, the data may include a model, brand, feature or version. In an embodiment where the device is a digital camera, the data is for example the camera's focus range, digital zoom, optical zoom, storage capacity, recording method (e.g., integrated, secure digital card, compact flash, smart media or compact disk). , Type (eg, SLR or rangefinder), or megapixel range. In embodiments where the device is software, the data may include, for example, a version, additional feature, licensed feature, or enabled feature of the software. In another embodiment, the data may relate to accessories for the electronic device. For example, the data may relate to a compatible or additional product, related to the camera's battery, flash or lens, or software.

In another embodiment, as suggested above, the data may describe the document generated by the electronic device rather than the device itself. For example, in a particular embodiment, the document may be a digital image, audio file, video file, or audio / video file. The data describing the document may include a time, date, month, year, season or time period associated with when the digital image, audio file, video file or audio / video file was created on the device.

In a particular embodiment, the data is generated at the same time the file is created, such as, for example, a date / time stamp on the photo. In other embodiments, the data may be added to the file after the file is created. For example, the data may be the most recent date / time when the file was modified or observed. In another embodiment, the data relates to transferring a file from one device to another, for example, as a download date, email date, or printing date.

In another embodiment, the data may describe the content of a file generated by the electronic device. For example, the data may be caption text depicting an image. In another embodiment, the data may be a file name, album name, file system folder name or network address. In another embodiment, the data may identify the title of the file obtained from electronic analysis of the file, such as a keyword generated using an image recognition program, for example.

In FIG. 1, after the data has been identified, content (ie, offering) related to the electronic device is obtained based on the data at block 104. In certain embodiments, the offering may include advertisements of products and / or services related to electronic devices proposed at various merchant websites. For example, in the previous example, the data was a camera model. In this example, the offering may include advertisements for new models of the same family. The offering may also include advertisements for the lenses available for that model. In embodiments where the data includes a description of the image, such as, for example, where the image was captured, the offering may include an advertisement for a vacation package within that location. In another embodiment, the data may be image megapixels, and the offering may include advertisements for photo processing centers that limit high-quality prints with high megapixels or low-quality prints with low megapixels. have. As described below, system 100 may obtain this offering in a number of ways.

In a particular embodiment, the content may be provided at block 106. In a particular embodiment, system 100 may provide the content manually by making the content accessible to the requesting system. In other embodiments, as described below, system 100 can actively provide content by transferring content to another system.

2A-2C are flow diagrams of a system that interacts with the system of FIG. 1 to obtain content in accordance with various embodiments of the present invention. In FIG. 2A, system 200 initiates interaction with offering system 100. In general, system 200 may be software and / or hardware. For example, in certain embodiments, system 200 may be an email application, a document viewing application, a document editing application, or a document organization application. In FIG. 2A, system 200 is an application that can output a document for viewing at output device 220.

In block 202, the system 200 requests a document for viewing from the storage 210. As noted above, the document may be generated by an electronic device (or tool), eg, a camera or an editing tool. Storage 210 may be volatile or nonvolatile memory. In a particular embodiment, the storage 210 may be an electronic device, such as a flash card, a subscriber identity module (SIM) card, or storage in allocated virtual memory. In another embodiment, the storage 210 may be a storage in a device other than the electronics device that generated the document, eg, a personal computer or a server. For example, the electronic device may have downloaded the document to a personal computer or server for storage in storage 210.

In block 204, while requesting a document from the storage 210, the system 200 notifies the offering system 100 of the document request. In embodiments where system 200 and system 100 reside on the same machine, notification may be performed through an internal or external bus. In another embodiment, the notification may be performed over the network. In a particular embodiment, the notification is a target in the offering system 100. In another embodiment, the notification may be broadcast generally to all systems listening on a particular channel.

In block 206, the system 200 receives the document and then outputs the document of block 208 to the output device 220. In a particular embodiment, the system 200 and output device 220 may be in separate machines, but may be connected to each other machine, for example, via a network. In other embodiments, system 200 and output device 220 may be part of the same machine. For example, system 200 may be a software application, and output device 220 may be a computer monitor, telephone display screen, television screen, or personal digital assistant (PDA) display screen. In another embodiment, output device 220 may be a visual display, such as a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor, LCD monitor, plasma display, or projector display. In another embodiment, output device 220 may be a device that provides audio output, eg, a speaker. System 200 may output the document via a bus and serial cable, parallel cable, audio / visual cable, and the like. The system 200 may also output the document via a wireless signal, such as a radio frequency signal.

Also, at block 210, the system 200 outputs content from the offering system 100. In order to provide the content, the offering system 100 first identifies the data in response to a notification from the system 200 (eg, the notification sent at block 204). After the data is identified, system 100 obtains content related to the electronic device based on the data.

2B shows a process in which a system (eg, system 200) may begin interacting with offering system 100 in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 2B, the document is output to a user interface (UI) 240 at block 208. The user interface may be software and / or hardware that provides a direct or indirect interface with the user. For example, the user interface may be hardware that interfaces directly with the user, such as a monitor that displays a document to the user, similar to output device 220. In another embodiment, the user interface may be software that interfaces indirectly with a user, eg, a graphical user interface. Alternatively, the user interface may be a combination of hardware and software that directly interacts with the user, eg, a communication interface card that uses software to connect with other devices. The other device provides a direct interface with the user.

In block 212, the system 200 receives a request from the user interface for further processing of the document. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 2B, the request is a print request. In other embodiments, the request may include observing the document in different ways, editing the document, or sending the document to another system. Sending the document to another system may include emailing, peer-to-peer (P2P) transmission, and / or uploading or downloading the document.

In block 214, the offering system 100 detects the processing request. In certain embodiments, this detection may be accomplished by monitoring a state (eg, a print state). Unlike the embodiment of FIG. 2A, the system 100 of the embodiment of FIG. 2B does not wait for a request from the system 200 to obtain content related to the electronic device (ie, offering). In addition, in the embodiment of FIG. 2B, the system 100 monitors the action of triggering the process to obtain the offering.

While the system 200 processes the print request to the printer 250 at block 216, the offering system 100 accesses the memory 230 to identify data provided by the electronic device. In the embodiment shown, memory 230 is separate from system 200. In another embodiment, memory 230 is part of system 200. The memory 230 may be volatile or nonvolatile memory. In a particular embodiment, the memory 230 may be a cache or buffer used by the system 200 to store the document, the document being observed, edited, transferred to another system, or otherwise accessed and And / or processed. The identified data (eg, megadata) may then be used to obtain content related to the electronic device (eg, an advertisement). After the content has been obtained using the data, the content may be provided to the system 200.

In block 218, the system 200 outputs the content to the user interface. Various outputs are described in more detail below. In certain embodiments, content is output during a process (eg, printing). In another embodiment, the content is output after the process is complete.

2C shows another process in which a system (eg, system 200) may begin interacting with offering system 100 in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 2C, system 200 receives a request at block 220 and sends a document generated by an electronic device, eg, an online store. As noted above, the document may include data provided by an electronic device that may be based on the offering, eg, megadata. The request to transmit may be received via a network connection or an internal bus.

Similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 2A and 2B, the body of the document may be output to an output device or user interface (eg, for previewing, editing, or printing). However, in certain embodiments, the body of the document may be output. Document identifiers, such as file names or titles, may also be listed in directories, for example. The document may be selected for transmission by selecting a document identifier.

In block 222, the system 200 transmits the document in response to the request. In this embodiment, the document is sent to the server 260. Server 260 may be, for example, an email server, a document server (eg, an image server), an application server or a database server. In another embodiment, system 200 may send the document to a separate machine, or application, through a non-server system, eg, a client, a P2P connection.

At block 224, if the request to send is processed, system 200 sends the request to obtain content associated with the electronic device (ie, offering). In a particular embodiment, the request may include the body of the document having data associated with including the content. In another embodiment, the request may not include the body of the document, but may include data related to obtaining the offer. For example, the request may include an image header with associated metadata, but may not include the body of the image file, eg, image data. In FIG. 2C, once the data is identified and the offering is obtained, the offering is provided at block 106 and output to the user interface 240 at block 218.

3A and 3B show a flow diagram of the system of FIG. 1 interacting with another system to obtain content in accordance with various embodiments of the present invention. Specifically, FIGS. 3A and 3B illustrate the interaction between offering system 100 and one or more systems in which offering system may obtain content, eg, an advertisement.

In FIG. 3A, the offering system 100 identifies the data provided by the electronic device by first obtaining the document of block 302. In this embodiment, the document is obtained from the reservoir 210. In another embodiment, the document may be obtained from a memory of the offering system 100, or from a memory of a different system (eg, memory 230). In another embodiment, as described above with respect to FIG. 2C, the document may be provided with a request to obtain content.

At block 304, data is extracted from the document. In certain embodiments, the data may be extracted by analyzing the data in the document body (eg, a summary, summary, or table of content). In other embodiments, data may be extracted by analyzing the characteristics of the document (eg, file name, album name, file system folder name or network address). The data may also be extracted by extracting and analyzing headers for relevant metadata (eg, information related to the device for which the document was generated).

At block 306, data is sent to another system. In the embodiment of FIG. 3A, data is sent to the server 300. In a particular embodiment, the server 300 retrieves content based directly on the data. For example, server 300 may query a database or employ a search engine to search for advertisements having a particular search term (eg, camera model).

In another embodiment, server 300 retrieves content based indirectly on the data. For example, as discussed above, the server searches for advertisements by a photo processing center that limits to high-quality prints when the image megapixels are high or low-quality prints when the image megapixels are low. In this example, megapixel data provided by the camera is not used directly for content retrieval, but indirectly through an algorithm applied to the data to provide one or more search parameters. The server uses various algorithms, including heuristic algorithms, to determine the content (ie, offering) based on the data.

Also, in certain embodiments, unlike servers that apply algorithms to data, offering system 100 supplies algorithms. For example, in FIG. 3B, offering system 100 analyzes data for terms in block 316.

At block 316, the term is transmitted. In a particular embodiment, the term is transmitted to search for an engine 330 included in the offering system 100. In another embodiment, the term may be sent to an external system, such as server 340, which may include search engine 332 and / or database 350. Also in FIG. 3B, server 340 is connected to an external database 352, which may store content.

In certain embodiments, search engine 330 or 332 may search a database of companies that have subscribed to a particular offering server. For example, a subscription company may submit advertisements to the database in the form of applets or banners. Search engine 330 or 332 may search a database of applets and banners for appropriate offerings. Search engine 330 or 332 may send the selected applet or banner, or similar object, to offering system 100 to receive at block 318. Alternatively, the search engine may send the location of the selected advertisement, for example a uniform resource locator (URL).

In another embodiment, the subscribing company may submit contact information to a database. Search engine 330 or 332 may search a database of contact information. The selected contact information is then placed as an offering in order to place the contact information in an acceptable format (e.g., applet or script object) before sending the contact information formatted to the system 100 to another system. It may be formatted by an application or a service. Alternatively, the selected contact information may be sent to the unformatted offering system 100. The offering system 100 may receive the unformatted contact information at block 318, then format it and otherwise process the information at block 320.

In other embodiments, search engine 330 or 332 may retrieve information from the public database and provide it to the offering. For example, in one embodiment, the electronic device may be a medical monitoring device. Data from the medical monitoring device may be uploaded to an application designed to help the patient track glucose or cholesterol levels, for example. The search engine may search a database of public medical and / or nutritional advice. This advice may be provided as an offering of information relating to symptomatic medical conditions.

Thus, at block 318, the offering information received by the offering system 100 may include the actual advertisement (eg, applet, banner advertisement, or script object), the location of the advertisement (eg, URL or file system address). , And unformatted content. The offering information may also include a list of advertisements or a list of places where the advertisements may be located.

At block 320, the offering information may be processed, as described above. In the above embodiments, the offering system 100 may process the offering information by formatting the content into an insertable object. In another embodiment, search engine 330 may return a list of ad locations. The offering system 100 may then process this offering information by selecting an advertisement from the list and retrieving the advertisement. In another embodiment, offering system 100 may process the information by another method, for example, by generating a web page having an embedded advertisement.

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Content associated with data identified from an electronic device (ie, offering) may be provided at various levels of the communication system. For example, the offering may be provided by a server such as a web publishing site (eg, an online photo album site). In addition, the offering may include a client, such as an email application (e.g., Gmail TM ), a document viewing application (e.g., Picasa TM , Hello TM, or a web browser), a document editing application (e.g., Picasa TM ). May be provided by a document organization application (eg, Picasa TM ), or instant messaging application (eg, Hello TM ). The offering may also be provided from a front-end object, such as a toolbar, button, menu, banner, dialog box or pop-up window.

4A-4C illustrate screen shots of content provided in accordance with various embodiments of the invention. In FIG. 4A, an image editing and / or organizing application is shown. Such an editing or organizing application may be installed on a client machine or provided through a web publishing site (eg, as a web application). Related content 402 (ie, content related to data identified from an electronic device) is based on data 400 provided by an electronic device (not shown). The relevant content 402 is provided in a frame or toolbar of the graphical user interface of the application. In a particular embodiment, the relevant content 402 may change when the picture replaces the currently displayed picture. In another embodiment, the relevant content 402 may change when the currently displayed picture is edited, printed, or otherwise processed.

For example, when the user selects the tool 410 to print an image, the associated content 402 may change. Next, when the user selects the tool 412 to email the image, the related content 402 may change again. The relevant content 402 can be exported, ordered, sent to the desktop (eg, as a background image), sent via an instant messenger (IM), or else buttons 410-420. You can also use the same tool to change the processing.

Also in FIG. 4A, the user interface has a shopping tool 404. In a particular embodiment, the selection of the tool 404 may open a browser window to list several related content (ie, one or more offerings associated with the data 400). In another embodiment, the selection of the tool 404 may represent a menu of topics associated with the data 400. For example, the selection of tool 404 may represent a drop-down menu with menu items such as "camera accessory", "vacation package", "camera upgrade", and the like. The selection of a menu item may open a browser window that lists, for example, several related content (ie, one or more offerings associated with the menu item). Thus, offerings may be provided through various interfaces and tools, including but not limited to toolbars, banners, buttons, menus, dialog boxes, and pop-up windows.

4B shows another screenshot of the content provided in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 4B, an image organization application is shown. Again, the application may be installed on a client machine or provided through a web publishing site (eg, a web application). Images are organized into categories and albums divided into, for example, year, subject and / or month. In detail, pictures 1 to 10 are organized into categories / albums named “Family” which are part of another category / album named 2005. In a particular embodiment, the category / album document structure may not reflect the file system structure. Related content 406 is based on data 424 (eg, family 2005) that describes both the document title (eg, family) and the document characteristics (eg, 2005). In this embodiment, after the document was created while the description of the document characteristics was generated as the document was created, the description of the document title was generated.

Relevant content 406 (related to this data) may be associated with the document title, but not related to the document characteristics. For example, related content may relate to an advertisement for tracking a family, such as a genealogy. In other embodiments, related content may relate to both the document title and the document characteristics. For example, related content may relate to a gift for Father's Day or Mother's Day.

4C shows another screenshot of the content provided in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 4C, an online photo album web service is shown. The image may be displayed in any of a variety of ways, and is not limited to the arrangement shown in FIG. 4C. 4C shows several related content 406A-406C. Each of these may be related to data such as 400 or 406 as described above. Each relevant content 406A-406C may be associated with the same data (eg, camera brand), but may represent different advertisers. In other embodiments, each relevant content 406A-406C may be associated with different data. For example, the related content 406A may be related to a camera brand, the related content 406B may be related to an album name, and the related content 406C may be related to a software application used to process the selected image. It may be.

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5 illustrates an environment for obtaining content related to an electronic device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 5, the electronic device 510 is shown as a still camera. However, electronic device 510 may be any electronic device capable of providing data on which content is based, including digital capture devices, peripherals, and software tools. For example, the electronic device 510 may be a digital still camera, digital video camera, mobile phone camera, scanner, video capture card, or digital audio capture device. In another embodiment, the electronic device may be a PDA, mobile phone, wireless portable device or personal health monitor.

In FIG. 5, a system 200 that initiates interaction with the offering system 100 is shown by a computer. Also in this embodiment, the system 200 includes a user interface 240. System 200 initiates interaction with offering system 100 via network 500. The network 500 may be a wide area network (WAN), such as the Internet. In another embodiment, the network 500 is used between a metropolitan area network (MAN), such as used on a university campus, a local area network (LAN), such as used within an office building or a household, or between wireless computer peripherals. It may be a personal area network (PAN).

The network 500 may use a number of communication protocols, including various combinations of protocols, at different open systems interconnection (OSI) model levels. For example, network 500 may include an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), X.25, Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP). ), File transfer protocol (FTP), and hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). In addition, a signal transmitted through the network 500 may travel through a landline, a broadcast channel, or a combination thereof. In a particular embodiment, the network 500 may be in accordance with a wireless communication standard such as the Bluetooth and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802 standard, e.g., IEEE standard 802.11g-2003, issued June 27, 2003. It may be. In addition, the network 500 may include devices such as satellites, gateways, and routers. For example, network 500 may be a telecommunications network that includes devices for transmitting and receiving signals from a mobile telephone client to a satellite via an access tower, via a land-network telephone line to a base station, and to a computer. In this embodiment, the mobile phone client may display the advertisement obtained by the offering system 100.

As in other examples, network 500 transmits and receives signals from the console via a wireless adapter to a router via a broadband modem, through an Internet backbone to a computer's ISP network, and through a different set of devices to a data storage device. It may be a computing network that includes a device for doing so. In this embodiment, the console may display the advertisement obtained by the offering system 100.

Offering system 100 is represented as a server system separate from system 200. In this embodiment, the offering system 100 includes a memory 230. Memory 230 may store data and / or documents sent from system 200 to system 100 as part of the request to obtain the offering. In this embodiment, as described above, the offering system 100 transmits data and / or offering search terms to a server 340 that includes a search engine 332 and is connected to a database 352. In addition, in this embodiment, the offering system 100 transmits data and / or offering search terms over the same network used to communicate with the system 200, eg, the Internet. In another embodiment, the offering system 100 may communicate with the server 340 using one or more other networks instead of or in addition to the network 500.

6 illustrates an environment for obtaining content associated with an electronic device according to another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 6, the electronic device 510A uploads data to the system 610. This data is stored in storage 210. For example, in one embodiment, electronic device 510A is a camera that uploads images to a personal computer. The personal computer transfers the image via the network 500 to an online album that stores the image in the storage 210. In addition, the electronic device 510B (shown as a personal digital assistant) and the electronic device 510C (shown as a mobile phone) may provide data that may be based on content.

In one embodiment associated with FIG. 6, user interface 240 sends a request to system 200 to view, print, email or otherwise access and / or process a document stored in repository 210. You may. For example, UI 240 may send a request to observe the image stored in the online album. System 200 retrieves the document from the repository for output to output device 220 coupled to UI 240. Also, in one embodiment, system 200 sends a request to system 100 and obtains content related to the data (ie, offering) of the request for the document. In another embodiment, offering system 100 may detect a document request from user interface 240, a document retrieval from repository 210, or a document transfer process from system 200. Next, offering system 100 may obtain content from a database 640 included in offering system 100. Thereafter, the content may be provided to the system 200. In other embodiments, content may be provided directly to output device 220 or user interface 240 by passing through system 200.

In another embodiment in conjunction with FIG. 6, electronic devices 510B and / or 510C transmit data based on the content. Electronics devices 510B and / or 510C may send a request for content to system 200. Thus, an electronic device that provides data based on the content (eg, metadata) may request an offering.

7 illustrates an environment for obtaining content related to an electronic device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. 7 illustrates various components of a computer system, which are not intended to represent any particular architecture or how to interconnect components that this detailed description is not closely related to the present invention. Other systems having components below or above may be used in the present invention. In addition, some components described above with reference to FIGS. 5 and 6 may be employed in FIG. 7.

In FIG. 7, an embodiment includes an inter-connect 702 (eg, for interconnecting) with memory 720 and one or more processor (s) 704 connected to cache memory 705. Bus and system core logic). Processor (s) 704 may execute instructions stored in memory 720. In addition, interconnect 702 connects processor (s) 704 and memory 720 via one or more input / output (I / O) controller (s) 708 to one or more devices 220, 510, and 710. ). Inter-connect 702 may include one or more buses connected to each other through various bridges, controllers, and / or adapters. In one embodiment, input / output (I / O) controller 708 may include a USB adapter for controlling a USB peripheral, an IEEE-1394 bus adapter, etc. for controlling an IEEE-1394 peripheral.

The memory 720 may include read only memory (ROM), volatile random access memory (RAM), and nonvolatile memory, such as a hard drive, flash memory, and the like. Volatile RAM is typically implemented as dynamic RAM (DRAM), which requires power to continuously refresh or maintain data in memory. Typically, nonvolatile memory includes a magnetic hard drive, a magnetic optical drive or an optical drive (eg, DVD RAM), or other type of memory system that retains data even after power is removed from the system. The nonvolatile memory may also include random access memory. The nonvolatile memory may also include a local device connected directly to other components of the data processing system. Non-volatile memory spaced apart from the system may also be used, such as a network storage device connected to a data processing system via a network interface, such as a modem or an Ethernet interface.

Memory 720 includes instructions for operating system 703 and may include network communication module 705. Operating system 703 may include procedures for processing various basic system services and for performing hardware dependent tasks. Examples of operating system 703 include LINUX, UNIX, Windows, OS / 390, OS / 400, and the like.

The network communication module 705 is composed of a host / computer name and an Internet protocol (IP) address and stores a media access control (MAC) address 721 of the network interface device. The network communication module 705 is used to connect the system 700 to other computing devices via wired and / or wireless network / communication interface (s) 706 for networks such as the Internet, WAN, LAN, MAN, and the like. It may also include.

Also, in one embodiment, the memory 720 includes instructions for the application module 722. The application module 722 includes an email application (eg, Gmail TM ), a document viewing application (eg, Picasa TM , Hello TM , blogger, or web browser), a document editing application (eg, Picasa TM or blogger). Documenting applications (e.g. Picasa TM Or a blogger), an instant messaging application (eg, Hello TM ), a web application, or the like.

The application module 722 may interact with the user interface module 240, the document with the data, and / or the offering to output data based on the offering. The application module 722 may interact with the output device 220, electronic device 510, or peripheral device (s) 710 via I / O controller 708.

Also, in one embodiment, memory 720 includes instructions for user interface module 240. User interface module 240 may include instructions for displaying a graphical user interface, including but not limited to a toolbar (eg, a Google Toolbar). User interface module 240 may also include instructions for outputting content related to electronic devices (ie, offerings) within the graphical user interface. For example, the user interface module 240 may include instructions for inserting banner advertisements, applets, Google AdSense , and the like into the graphical user interface.

Also, in one embodiment, memory 720 includes instructions for data identification module 724. The data identification module 724 may be executed by the electronic device 510 or the peripheral device (s) 710, or by another device connected to the system 700 via, for example, the network / communication interface (s) 706. Instructions for identifying the provided data.

Also, in one embodiment, memory 720 includes instructions for storage module 210. Storage module 210 may include a database, a table, an array, or the like to store and organize data provided by electronic device 510 or peripheral device (s) 710. Data identification module 724 may communicate with storage module 210 to retrieve data for identification.

In one embodiment, the memory 720 includes instructions for the offering acquisition module 726. The offering acquisition module 726 is provided to an offering, for example, an electronic device 510 or peripheral device (s) 710, or other device connected to the system 700 via the network / communication interface (s) 706. Instructions for obtaining related content. The offering acquisition module 726 receives data from the data identification module 724 and obtains content based on the data. Thus, the offering acquisition module 726 may communicate with the network communication module 705 to access a database coupled with the system 700 via the network / communication interface (s) 706. In a particular embodiment, the offering acquisition module 726 may access the storage module 210 to acquire content. In these embodiments, the storage module 210 may include a database, a table, an array, or the like to store and organize the content.

conclusion

In the foregoing Detailed Description, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. However, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that specific details are not necessarily used to practice the invention. In other circumstances, well known structures, materials, or processes have not been shown or described in detail in order not to obscure the present invention.

Although the present invention is described herein with reference to specific preferred embodiments, many variations and changes herein are readily apparent to those skilled in the art. Accordingly, all such changes and modifications are intended to fall within the intended scope of the present invention as defined by the following claims.

Moreover, the use of the phrase "one embodiment" throughout does not mean the same embodiment. While certain embodiments of the invention have been described, the invention is not limited to the specific embodiments.

References to "documents" as used herein broadly refer to various items such as files, directories, or other data or information that may be stored, received, transmitted, generated, or otherwise processed by one or more computing devices. Cheer. For example, a document may include any file created on a computing system. The term file as used herein includes a set of bytes or bits stored as each entity. For example, the file may be a word processor file, data file, spreadsheet, workbook, image, drawing, audio file, video file, audio / visual file, multimedia file, archive file, batch file, source file May be a binary file, a text file, or a combination thereof, such as an object file, or an executable file. The term file may also refer to a file system object that is accessed even though the object is a file. A document may be linked to one or more other documents, such as via hyperlinks. The document can be a file coded in a markup language (eg, hypertext markup language (HTML) or extensible markup language (XML)), a scripting language (eg, JavaScript, an active server page (ASP), Or a web page, such as a file coded in Perl), or a file observed in a web browser (eg, a portable document format (PDF), an image file, or a text file). The document may reside in a single system or may be accessed by one or more systems via a network, such as an intranet or the Internet.

References to servers used in the present invention may include software applications that perform tasks on behalf of users such as file serving, application serving, web serving, mail serving, email serving, image servers, and the like. In addition, the term server as used herein includes any physical device on which such software is executed, such as a mainframe, minicomputer, personal computer, dedicated server machine, and the like.

Reference to a client as used herein may include any system that accesses a service on another system by some kind of network. These clients include, but are not limited to, terminals, personal computers, thin clients, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, pagers, wireless portable devices, game consoles, and televisions.

Unless specifically stated, an overall description using terms such as "processing" or "computing" or "calculation" or "judgment" or "displaying" may be referred to as the amount of physical (eg, electronic) in the computer system registers and memory. It is evident that the representations represent operations and processes of computer systems or similar electronic computing devices that manipulate and transform the represented data into other data similarly represented by the physical quantities of the computer system.

The invention can be implemented by an apparatus for performing the operations herein. The apparatus may be specially configured for the requested purpose, or may be a general purpose computer, optionally activated and reconfigured by a computer program (e.g., a set of instructions executed by a machine or a processor) stored on the computer. It may also include a machine. Such computer programs are suitable for storing any type or physical (eg electronics) configuration of a disk, including floppy disks, optical disks, magneto-optical disks, ROM, RAM, EPROM, EEPROM, magnetic or optical cards. Any type of media and each may be stored on a computer readable storage medium, such as but not limited to being connected to a computer system bus. Each of these media may be connected to a computer system bus through the use of a suitable device for reading and / or writing the medium in question. Professional apparatus may include, for example, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that includes a set of readily available pieces or a series of logic blocks.

The display represented herein is not inherently related to any particular computer or other device. Various general purpose systems may be utilized through programs in accordance with the teachings herein, or it may be convenient to configure more specialized devices to perform the requested method. For example, any method in accordance with the present invention may be implemented in hard wired circuitry by programming a general purpose processor or by any combination of hardware and software.

The invention may be practiced through systems such as standalone computers, portable devices, multi-processor systems, microprocessor-based or programmable consumer electronics, network personal computers, mainframe computers, and the like.

The method of the present invention may be implemented using computer software. If written in a programming language following a recognized standard procedure of instructions, the method may be compiled for execution on various hardware platforms or machines and interfaces to various operating systems. In addition, the present invention is not described with reference to any particular programming language. Various programming languages may be used to implement the teachings of the invention described herein.

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  1. A method performed by an offering system having a processor, the method comprising:
    Receiving at the offering system the media data file transmitted from one of a plurality of electronic devices in response to a user request to view, edit, print, or transmit a media data file;
    Extracting, with the processor, data from the received media data file captured by one of a plurality of electronic devices;
    Identifying, with the processor, from the data extracted from the received media data files, a particular electronic device from which the media data file was captured from the plurality of electronic devices;
    Acquiring, with the processor, content associated with the particular electronic device based on a first tool selected by the user to process the data and the media data file; And
    Acquiring, by the processor, in response to a user selection of a second tool for processing the media data file, new content related to the particular electronic device based on the data and the second tool.
  2. The method of claim 1,
    Wherein the content is an advertisement.
  3. The method of claim 1,
    The content comprises a link to a merchant site.
  4. The method of claim 1,
    The data includes metadata describing a software application used to process the media data file by the particular electronic device.
  5. The method of claim 1,
    The particular electronic device is a digital capture device,
    Wherein the media data file is provided to a user for viewing on a user computer system and the media data file is received at a server computer system.
  6. The method of claim 1,
    The data includes information related to a model, brand, feature or accessory related to the particular electronic device.
  7. The method of claim 1,
    Acquiring the content is performed in response to viewing, editing, printing, or transmitting a media data file comprising the data.
  8. The method of claim 7, wherein
    The media data file is a digital image, audio file, video file or audio / video file captured by the particular electronic device.
  9. The method of claim 1,
    Outputting the content to a web publishing site.
  10. At run time, a machine-readable medium having stored thereon a series of instructions for causing a computing device to perform a method,
    The method comprising:
    Receiving data extracted from the media data file captured by the electronic device in the offering system from the electronic device, the data in response to a request from a user to view, edit, print or send the media data file. The receiving step, extracted from the media data file;
    Sending the data to a server to obtain advertisement information based on a first tool selected by the user and associated with the captured media data file to process the data and the media data file;
    Providing the advertisement information to a user from the offering system; And
    Sending the data to the server to obtain new advertising information for presenting to the user based on a second tool selected by the user for processing the data and the media data file. Media available.
  11. 11. The method of claim 10,
    And the data comprises a time, date, month, year, season or time period associated with the capture of the media data file by the electronic device.
  12. 11. The method of claim 10,
    And the data relates to the creation, modification, viewing, storage or receipt of a media data file captured by the electronic device.
  13. 11. The method of claim 10,
    And providing the advertisement information comprises providing a location where the advertisement is stored.
  14. 11. The method of claim 10,
    The method comprising:
    Acquiring a plurality of advertisements based on the advertisement information;
    Selecting one of the plurality of advertisements;
    Formatting the selected advertisement for display in a user interface; And
    And outputting the advertisement via the user interface.
  15. 15. The method of claim 14,
    And the user interface is part of a photo album web publishing site.
  16. Memory for storing one or more images captured by digital cameras; And
    A processor coupled to the memory,
    The processor comprising:
    Receive an image captured by the digital camera in response to a request from a user to view, edit, print, or transmit the image;
    Analyze data associated with and extracted from the image;
    Provide an advertisement related to the image based on a first tool selected by the user to process the data and the image;
    Provide a new advertisement related to the image based on the data and a second tool selected by the user to process the image.
  17. 17. The method of claim 16,
    The data includes a description of the image, a file name, an album name, a file system folder name, a network address or a description of a tool used to create and modify the image.
  18. 17. The method of claim 16,
    And the processor for providing the advertisement comprises a processor for providing the advertisement from a web publishing site.
  19. 17. The method of claim 16,
    And the processor for providing the advertisement comprises a processor for providing the advertisement to an email application, a document viewing application, a document editing application, or a document organization application.
  20. 17. The method of claim 16,
    And the processor for providing the advertisement comprises a processor for providing the advertisement via a toolbar, a button, a menu, a banner, or a pop-up window.
  21. 17. The method of claim 16,
    The processor for analyzing the data includes a processor for analyzing image content of the captured image and performing image recognition to provide the advertisement related to the image content.
  22. The method of claim 1,
    The first tool is an image viewing tool for displaying the media data file to a user, and the second tool is a printing tool for printing the media data file.
  23. The method of claim 1,
    The first tool is an image viewing tool for displaying the media data file to a user, and the second tool is a data transfer tool for transferring the media data file.
  24. The method of claim 1,
    The first tool is a printing tool for printing the media data file, and the second tool is a data transfer tool for transferring the media data file.
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